Sewing 101: Hand Quilting

Sewing 101: Hand Quilting

Hand quilting is a great way to add a special touch to your quilt project that pre-dates the sewing machine! You can use this technique on modern quilts as well as traditional quilts, and it gives a completely different finished look to your project that we love. Check out our video tutorial and step by steps below to learn this great technique!

We’ll also be featuring a full tutorial for this color wheel quilt later this week on the blog, so be sure to check back!

Hand Quilting Supplies

Hand Quilting

We used the new Cotton + Steel thread sets in the Rifle Paper Guest Collection ( Menagerie and Beauty Shop ) so we would have all the colors to match our color wheel! It is truly amazing thread made in Italy, and is well suited to hand-quilting.

Hand Quilting

Making your quilt sandwich

We prefer to use cotton batting for quilts that we are hand quilting.

You can baste your quilt sandwich any way you like, including spray basting , pin basting , or tacks.

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Time to hand quilt!

Threading:

Using a piece of thread about the length of your arm, thread your needle and draw it through the thread heaven to condition it. The thread heaven also protects against knots where you don’t want them!

Hand Quilting

Make a quilter’s knot:

Hold the pointy end of the needle and the long end of the thread next to each other and pointing in the same direction. Tightly wrap the end of the thread five times around your needle. With your thumb and forefinger, draw those wraps down the length of the thread until you reach the end. A perfect knot is formed!

The video above shows you how to make a quilter's knot in more detail.

Bury the Knot:

Choose a spot on your quilt a little ways away from where you want to begin your quilting. Insert your needle into the top of the quilt and through the batting, but DO NOT go out the back. Bring the point of your needle out where you want to start quilting. Draw your needle until the knot stops on the entrance point. Lightly tug until the knot goes through the entrance point and buries itself in the batting. Don’t keep tugging, it’s supposed to stay there!

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Begin quilting:

Fill your needle with stitches by resting the end of the needle on your thimbled finger and rocking your needle from the front of your quilt to the back several times. Draw your needle and thread all the way through, and repeat until you are finished with that line of quilting or you run out of thread.

Hand Quilting

Ending your quilting:

For each piece of thread or line or quilting you have to finish it with another knot and bury it again. Make another quilter’s knot at the end and bury it as before.

Hand Quilting

Hand Quilting

Admire your heirloom quality stitching, happy sewing!

Hand Quilting

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